Life and Death Beyond a "Pre-Invented Existence": The Subversive Possibilities of Abjection in the Work of David Wojnarowicz
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Master of Arts (MA)
Art and Design
My thesis focuses on David Wojnarowicz’s exploration of the “essence of death” through his art. I argue that Wojnarowicz had specifically employed the aesthetics of the abject to challenge what he termed a “pre-invented existence,” living and dying on the terms of a necropolitical state that seeks to control life’s intensities. Through visual manifestations of death, dying, decay, and disease, the artist used the abject to express existence beyond the grasp of political and social systems that refuse to afford minority groups the resources, opportunities, and dignity to survive.
Yee, Gillian, "Life and Death Beyond a "Pre-Invented Existence": The Subversive Possibilities of Abjection in the Work of David Wojnarowicz." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2023.
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